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Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries

Research Matters, hosted by the Graduate School, is a live event, featuring short talks by graduate students and other scholars from the Brown community on “Why my research matters”. The brief talks aimed at a general audience showcase exceptional graduate student scholarship and celebrate discoveries and ideas which contribute to the academic excellence and innovation that make Brown unique and bold.

The inaugural event held on September 27, 2014 at Granoff Center for the Arts showcased the ideas and research of graduate students and alumni as part of the University’s 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration. On November 5, 2016, the Graduate School continued this tradition with a second event which featured talks by graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. 

The 2017 Research Matters event was held on:

Saturday, November 4, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Grant Recital Hall, 105 Benevolent Street 
(located behind the Orwig Music Library)


  • David Abel, PhD candidate in Computer Science, Master’s student in Philosophy
  • Felicia Bevel, PhD candidate in American Studies
  • Ariel Deutsch, PhD student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science
  • Matteo Di Luca, PhD student in Engineering
  • Yun Gao, PhD candidate in Pathobiology
  • Mamikon Gulian, PhD candidate in Mathematics
  • Adam Nitenson, PhD candidate in Neuroscience, ScMIME ‘16
  • Marcia Pescador-Jimenez, PhD candidate in Epidemiology
  • Tanvee Singh, Master’s student in Public Health
  • Andrea Wright, PhD candidate in Anthropology
  • Michiel van Veldhuizen, PhD candidate in Classics

Get inspired: Watch videos from previous Research Matters events: 2016 event / 2014 event

Questions? Please contact: Vanessa Ryan, Associate Dean of Student Development.